Vanessa is an Associate in the Clinical Negligence team specialising in all aspects of clinical negligence.
Vanessa’s expertise includes claims involving dental treatment, knee and hip procedures, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, delay in the diagnosis of cancer, amputation, obstetrics and gynaecology and care for the elderly. She also has experience in complex claims involving brain injury and long term disability.
Vanessa joined Clarke Willmott in 2007 after working as a paralegal in the clinical negligence department at a firm in Bristol. She regularly drafts blogs for the department’s website and her article “The Cost of Managing Incapacity” was published in PI Focus in April 2011.
- Paediatrics: X suffered hypoxia (reduced oxygen supply) and bilateral skull fractures as a result of the Defendant Trust’s negligence during her birth. As a result of her injuries ‘X’ died shortly after birth. Vanessa negotiated the settlement of the claim in the sum of £25,000. She also obtained a Letter of Apology from the Trust
- Gynaecology: B suffered a fourth degree tear which was inadequately repaired at the time of the delivery of her first child. B suffered from faecal incontinence. Liability was denied throughout. The matter settled on a compromised basis for £25,000 with no admissions in relation to liability or causation.
- Plastic Surgery: M underwent breast augmentation surgery. M was a A/B cup and she advised that she wished to increase to around a C cup. However following surgery her cup size had increased to a FF cup. B suffered back pain and the drooping of her breasts was exacerbated. The claim settled for £25,000 without admission of liability by the defendant.
- Orthopaedics: As a result of the three week delay in diagnosing the fracture, R required a total hip replacement and developed a DVT, It was accepted that had the diagnosis been made on admission to hospital the fracture would have been treated by pinning and the DVT would have been avoided. The claim settled for £45,000.